IOC Sub-Commission

for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

UNESCO/IOC-ODC Training Course on Ocean Models was organized in Qingdao, China, 10-16 June 2011

The Regional Training and Research Centre on Ocean Dynamics and Climate of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO (hereinafter referred to as “UNESCO/IOC-ODC Centre”) were launched in the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration of China on 9 June 2011.

As per the Agreement signed by both parties, “the objectives of the Centre shall be to enhance the regional research capacity and capability on ocean dynamics, air-sea interactions, climate change and numerical modeling through, among others, provisions of regular training courses in English once a year to around 15-20 junior scientists and doctoral/master students mainly from the developing Member States of IOC in the Western Pacific”.

During 10-16 June 2001, the first training course of UNESCO/IOC-ODC Center has successfully held in Qingdao, China. Ten world-leading scientists on ocean numerical models were invited as the lecturers for 69 trainees from Australia, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Peru, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, USA and China. The training course is focused on ocean models covering the basic concepts of numerical modeling in ocean and atmosphere; the application of MPI in Princeton Ocean Model (POM); ocean data assimilation; the grid system of ocean models, wetting and drying algorithms; the three-dimensional wave-current coupled sediment transport model; modeling of marine ecosystems and carbon cycle; Lagrangian particle trajectory and individual-based biophysical models; air-sea interactions; wave-tide-circulation coupled models; and the modeling of estuarine circulation.

Prof. Lie-Yauw Oey, Princeton University, USA
Basic concepts of numerical modeling in ocean and atmosphere

Dr. Antoni Jordi Ballester, Miquel Marquès 21, Spain
MPI and the mpiPOM/sbPOM

Prof. Yasumasa Miyazawa, JAMSTEC, Japan
Ocean data assimilation

Prof. Tal Ezer, Old Dominion University, USA
The sigma-coordinates equations and pressure gradient errors; Standard POM setting;
Extended POM: POM-WAD and POM- Generalized Coordinates

Prof. Xiaohua Wang, University of New South Wales, Australia
Ocean sediment model

Prof. Fei Chai, University of Maine, USA
Marine Ecosystems and Carbon Cycle

Prof. Huijie Xue, University of Maine, USA
Lagrangian particle simulations and individual based model

Prof. Lian Xie, North Carolina State University, USA
Air-sea interaction

Prof. Fangli Qiao, First Institute of Oceanography, China
Wave-tide-circulation coupled models

Prof. Alan F. Blumberg, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Estuarine modeling

For more information, please contact Project Leader and the Director of IOC Regional Training and Research Center on Ocean Dynamics and Climate, Professor Fangli Qiao at

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